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Edgerrin James has toed the line when it comes to his desire, or lack thereof, to play in Miami.

Updated: August 4, 2004, 5:16 PM ET
Pro Football Weekly
  • RB Edgerrin James has toed the line and danced on both sides of the fence when it comes to his desire, or lack thereof, to play in Miami. In the last 2 months, James has told reporters that he would "love to play in his hometown, but who wouldn't?" He followed that by saying he was happy in Indianapolis where the offense was "built for" him. But finally, he also understands "it's just business," citing the firing of head coach Tony Dungy after a winning season in Tampa Bay.

  • If Ravens RB Jamal Lewis were to miss any playing time this season because of legal obligations, the feeling from one source close to the team is that Musa Smith would be more likely to garner more carries than Chester Taylor. The Ravens prefer bigger backs, and Smith has a size advantage over Taylor.

  • An unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, Vikings DT Chris Hovan feels a sense of loyalty to Minnesota, which drafted him after "24 other teams passed on me." But Hovan confessed he isn't sure where he will be come March, when free agency opens. In the meantime, he's concentrating on raising his sack total from two last season to double digits. He started by shedding the extra 10 pounds (up to 305) he added for last season and working with DL coach Brian Baker to camouflage his pre-snap position and expand his arsenal of pass-rush moves.